HTML bikeway


what is HTML?

HTML, or HyperText Markup Language, is what tells your browser how to display a web page. You probably already know that. You may also already know that web pages can look different from browser to browser, and especially from printer to printer. When Screed was started, HTML gave little control over page layout; but modern HTML has "style" features that allow more fine-tuning, so carefully- and portably-written web pages can now be used to make good flyers.

Use your browser's "Page Setup..." option. To fit the HTML flyers onto one page for printing, set all margins to 0, and remove all that extraneous information from the headers and footers. Flyers can be portrait or landscape mode; you'll be told which. (Use your browser's "Print Preview" feature before printing; if for some reason the flyer's not fitting on one page, you can use the "Shrink to Fit" option.)

You may need font files. The flyers may use fonts that your browser or printer don't have. If this is the case, they'll be printed with suitable alternate fonts. Some of the flyers use "Webdings," which is a font of little pictures, including a little bicycle graphic:

b b b b
If that last line looked like four bicycles, you've already got Webdings installed, at least for your browser. On the other hand, if you just saw the letter b four times, you'll need to download and install the Webdings font.

Any modern browser should work. "Modern" means that it support "styles" (stylesheets). The reference browser used by Screed is Mozilla -- it's the most standards-compliant and is free software, as well -- but each page is tested on a variety of versions of a variety of browsers on a variety of platforms. Oh, and speaking of free software, Screed emphasizes graphics files with open formats, such as PNG and JPEG. GIF files have licensing constraints, so they're only used on the Screed site to avoid a bug in some browsers (which fail when displaying PNG files with transparent backgrounds).

<yawn> Now, hit your back button to get out of here, this is boring.


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